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Professional cyclist held not to be an employee or a worker

July 17, 2020

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) concluded that a professional cyclist was not an employee or a worker of the British Cycling Federation.

Why is June 30 suddenly the key date in European football?

April 28, 2020

As football governing bodies across Europe attempt to formulate plans on how to complete the remainder of the 2019/20 season, one date is central to all of these discussions: June 30 2020.

Landmark labor deal between WNBA and its players

February 05, 2020

On January 14, 2020, the Women’s National Basketball Association (“WNBA” or “League”) and the players’ union, the Women's National Basketball Players Association (“WNBPA”), announced a new, “groundbreaking”[1] collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) that, if ratified as expected, will significantly expand players’ compensation and benefits.

League of Legends – Poster boy for esports franchising

October 02, 2019

The League of Legends (LoL) Championship Series (LCS), hosted by Riot Games, is North America’s top tier League of Legends competition.

California leads the movement in permitting student athletes to profit from endorsements and sponsorships

September 26, 2019

On Wednesday, September 11, the California Senate unanimously passed S.B. 206, previously entitled the “Fair Pay To Play Act,” which, if enacted into law, would allow college athletes to accept money from sponsorships and endorsements.

Trade secrets: the price paid for a mid-season trade period

September 25, 2019

As the 2019 Australian Football League (AFL) season draws to a close, the post-Grand Final debate looks set to be dominated by the issue of whether a mid-season trade period should be introduced.

Is there a need for unionization in esports?

September 20, 2019

Trade unions have existed in traditional sports for many years (the UK’s Professional Footballer’s Association has been operating for more than a hundred!), and can represent hundreds if not thousands of professional athletes in a multitude of sports.

Sheffield Wednesday report Newcastle United to the Premier League

August 06, 2019

Steve Bruce was recently appointed the new head coach of Newcastle United F.C., but not without some controversy.

US Circuit Court holds that amateur lacrosse officials are independent contractors, not employees

June 27, 2019

This month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (“DC Circuit”)1 held that lacrosse officials working for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (“PIAA”) are independent contractors—rather than employees—and are therefore not protected by the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”), a foundational US labor statute.

The rise in post-retirement injury claims within sport

May 10, 2019

Top level athletes suffer for their sport and, increasingly, there is focus on the medium and long-term effects of injuries.